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Hammered Dulcimer

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Hammered Dulcimers General Instruction

16 Classes
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    Know The Circle
    BEG | INT | ADV

    In music theory, the circle of fifths (or circle of fourths) shows the relationships among the 12 tones of the chromatic scale, their corresponding key signatures, and the associated major and minor keys. More specifically, it is a geometrical representation of relationships among the 12 pitch classes of the chromatic scale in pitch class space. - Wikipedia

    In Dulcimer School we're going to use the circle of fifths to learn many important and useful things about not just theory, but our hammered dulcimers, which are mechanical representations of this important musical construct.

    10 Lessons / 01 Hour 02 Minutes
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    Humphries and Landrum Hammering Master Class
    BEG | INT | ADV

    Stephen Humphries and Dan Landrum take you deep into the philosophy of hammering, hammer motion, and demonstrate practical use of rudiments in developing your sticking skill.

    11 Lessons / 01 Hour 33 Minutes
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    Music Theory for Hammered Dulcimer
    BEG | INT

    Music Theory as it applies to hammered dulcimer

    13 Lessons / 47 Minutes
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    Adding or Replacing Hammer Leather
    BEG | INT | ADV

    If you no longer like the sound of your instrument the problem may be the hammers. The leather surface wears out, or at least it should if you're playing enough. I'll walk you through changing the leather.

    4 Lessons / 15 Minutes
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    Paradiddle-diddle all the day
    BEG | INT | ADV
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    Dampers
    BEG | INT | ADV
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    Chord Techniques
    INT | ADV
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    Fun at Your Fingertips
    INT | ADV
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    Hand Interdependence
    INT | ADV

    It's been written, 'don't let your left hand know what your right hand is doing' and if you can master these techniques you will achieve just that! Enjoy learning patterns that will improve your playing no matter what level player you are.

    9 Lessons / 34 Minutes
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    Pivotal Hammering
    BEG | INT

    Set your hammer heads free to do what you want them to by developing a relaxed grip. This class teaches you a series of exercises designed to get the motion into the hammer heads where it belongs.

    8 Lessons / 35 Minutes
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    Rhythm
    INT | ADV

    It's hard to play it if you can't feel it. It's impossible to feel it if you're to busy thinking about it. These lessons will help you internalize rhythm, syncopation and timing.

    2 Lessons / 10 Minutes
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    Rudiments
    BEG | INT | ADV

    In this class, Dan demonstrates the Percussive Arts Society 40 fundamental rudiments that, if practiced, will improve your ability to play any song. Other videos in Dulcimer School will refer to these videos for understanding how to execute each rudiment.

    26 Lessons / 01 Hour 11 Minutes
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    Tips and Tricks
    BEG | INT
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    Tuning
    BEG
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    Timing Exercise
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    What Should I Do First?
    BEG | INT

Practice Sessions

4 Classes
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    Morning Practice Sessions
    Skill Builders

    These are things I do to keep learn new skills, experiment, find new grooves, and keep advancing as a player.

    5 Lessons / 35 Minutes
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    Overcoming Mental Obstacles
    BEG | INT | ADV

    How to avoid getting stuck, and unsticking yourself when it happens.

    2 Lessons / 15 Minutes
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    Pig Ankle Practice Improv and Licks
    INT | ADV

    This isn't just for folks who've learned Pig Angle Rag, but it will definitely add some pizazz for those who have. There are 9 lessons here to help you turn this fun tune into a standout solo piece.

    9 Lessons / 28 Minutes
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    How to Practice
    BEG | INT | ADV

    2 Lessons / 19 Minutes

Tune Based Instruction

20 Classes
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    Melody/Arpeggio Method - Danny Boy
    BEG | INT | ADV

    This lesson is more about learning to learn, than learning the specific song, Danny Boy. This method will help you quickly play many songs you already know.

    2 Lessons / 10 Minutes
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    St. Anne's Reel
    BEG | INT | ADV

    If you do a search for St. Anne’s Reel you’re bound to find both a version, as well as a story about its origins to suit you. About the only thing that is for sure is its popularity both in jam session and on recordings.

    6 Lessons / 12 Minutes
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    Child Grove/The Black Nag
    BEG | INT

    Two great tunes with incredible arrangement potential.

    7 Lessons / 22 Minutes
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    Twinkle Twinkle Little Star
    BEG

    24 Lessons / 41 Minutes
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    Pig Ankle Rag 1/Techniques
    INT | ADV
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    Pig Ankle Rag 2/Learn the Tune
    INT | ADV
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    Banish Misfortune
    BEG | INT | ADV
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    Spinner's Waltz
    INT | ADV
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    Lady Greensleeves
    INT | ADV
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    Maggie Brown's Favorite Jig
    BEG | INT
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    Mary Had a Little Lamb
    BEG
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    Planxty Corcoran
    ADV
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    Ships Are Sailing
    INT | ADV
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    Silent Night
    BEG | INT
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    Simple Gifts
    BEG | INT
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    St. Basil's Hymn
    INT | ADV
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    The Butterfly
    INT | ADV
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    Jesu Joy
    ADV
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    Arkansas Traveler - a Jolly Little Ditty
    BEG | INT
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    We Three Kings, Solo Hammered Dulcimer
    BEG | INT